The next Annika?
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Last updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Anna Nordqvist is a 22 year old Swedish golfer who made her debut on the LPGA last season. As many Scandinavian athletes, she was drove by her parents to practice sports. Still, she didn’t planned to make golf her priority.

With only 10 months as an exempt member of the LPGA, she has won 3 times.
At age 10 her older brother introduced her to golf, but after three months she gave up and decided to focus on other disciplines. Even when she had already chosen to leave the clubs in the garage, her mother instilled her with passion for the game that will later give her fame and fortune.
In 2000 Anna noticed not only mom’s improvement but also the rest of the family, which made her the weakest golfer in the house. Her competitive spirit was harmed and she refused to be the worst of the family, so she decided to give golf another shot.
Four years later, as a teenager (17), the Swedish was part of the Junior Team of her country, where she matured and showed she had all the conditions needed to become one of the world’s greatest amateurs. Nordqvist won the “Junior Swedish Player of the Year” award in 2004 and 2005, and finished second in the British Girls’ Open Amateur Championship.
Her dream of becoming one of the most outstanding golfers was closer than ever; thanks to her wonderful results, Annika Sörenstam, former world number one, gave her a scholarship to practice with her in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nordqvist’s development caught the scouters’ attention, which took her to the Arizona State University, where she won two championships (ASU/PING Invitational and Derby Invitational) and awards such as “Frehman of the Year”, “First Team Selection”, among others.
In 2008 she left college to play in the Ladies European Tour qualifying school, eventually she finished first and grabbed her exempt card; later she went into the LPGA Q-School but couldn’t get the same results and started the season as non-exempt.
Nevertheless, her perseverance brought wonderful results and in only her fifth start she won the second major of the schedule, the McDonald’s LPGA Championship. Five months later she lifted the LPGA Tour Championship trophy after putting up with Lorena Ochoa.
This past weekend she grabbed her 3rd victory at The Mojo 6, a Raceway Golf event where she defeated Kristy McPherson, Sophie Gustafson, Christina Kim, Cristie Kerr and Amanda Blumenherst.
Today, Anna is one of the top ten golfers of the world and is considered by many to be the future Annika Sörenstam, thanks to her potential, both mentally and psychically, along with her training routine, which includes Annika’s former coaches as well as being one of the best students in her Academy.
There’s no doubt that Nordqvist is one of the players that will put the LPGA back on track, so keep and eye on her, because she’s destined to achieve greatness.


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